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Doctor Foster: First look at Suranne Jones in the long-awaited return of series two

Sharnaz Shahid

Doctor Foster is back! The BBC has released the first promotional images of Suranne Jones as Gemma Foster in the next instalment of the acclaimed drama.

The second series of the drama, which drew in a consolidated audience of 10.1 million viewers last year, has begun filming scenes and is expected to return on the small screen in 2017.

Suranne, 38, portrays betrayed wife Gemma, a GP who discovers her husband (played by Bertie Carvel) has been unfaithful.

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The BBC has released the first promotional images of Suranne Jones in Doctor Foster

The former Coronation Street star, who won a BAFTA TV award for her role, recently said the next series will focus on her character's new life after "divorce, deceit and revenge".

"I am thrilled to announce we will all be reunited to tell Gemma's next chapter," she said. "I can't wait for the audience who invested in these characters to find out the explosive twists and turns.

"Now we can look into what happens to a woman after divorce, deceit and revenge has taken its toll. What a gift of a part and a dream to work with Mike Bartlett again!"

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The second series has begun filming scenes and is expected to return on the small screen in 2017

The show’s creator, Mike Bartlett, also expressed his joy to returning to work on Gemma's heartbreaking story.

"I've been astounded by the response to Doctor Foster," he said in a statement. "I'm thrilled that alongside Drama Republic and the phenomenal Suranne Jones, we're now going to tell the next chapter in Gemma's story.

"Her life in Parminster may look better on the surface, but as she will discover to her cost, every action has its consequences eventually. No one comes through hell unscathed."

Doctor Foster aired on the BBC for a five-episode series last October and attracted an average weekly audience of 8.2 million viewers – the highest rating for any new television drama in 2015.

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